A Perk for Webelos

For just being a fourth grader, the National Parks Service is giving you a very cool opportunity.

Leave No Trace for Every Kid — in a Park!

Boulder, CO: Becoming a 4th grader has never been more exciting than since the start of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, at least we here at the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics think so! In an effort to increase access and stewardship of public lands for and by all Americans, the Every Kid in a Park program was created. The program allows fourth graders nationwide to obtain a pass for free entry for them and their guests to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year. 

If you have a 4th grader in your life, here are some tips to make it a year you all won’t soon forget:

  • Remember that these lands are YOUR lands, and that makes you their protector. Refresh yourself and the group on the Seven Leave No Trace Principles. These guidelines have allowed millions of people to make responsible decisions that help protect the outdoors!
  • Check out the Leave No Trace for Every Kid webpage for fun activities to engage the whole group. Use these tips and activities when you’re exploring the trails!
  • Participate in an education program led by park staff. Not only will kids (and adults) get a behind the scenes look at some cool park features, but they will learn a lot about why it is so important to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.
  • Find opportunities to volunteer during your time at the park or protected area. Even 30 minutes of volunteering can help kids understand the value of service on public lands!

National Parks in Kansas

National Parks in Missouri

Huffman returns to HOAC

From the Council President….a Shawnee Trails Scouter himself.

Heart of America Council Scouters,

I am most excited to share with you that following a thorough and thoughtful nationwide search we have selected a new Scout Executive for the Heart of America Council.

Please join me in welcoming Richard “Brick” Huffman, Eagle Scout, Sachem Little Rolling Iron Quill back to Kansas City.

He grew up in Belton, MO. He has held a variety of Scouting positions around the country. Cedar Rapids, IA,

St. Cloud, MN, St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO, Amarillo, TX, and most recently as Scout Executive for the South Florida Council in Miami Lakes, FL.

I look forward to working with Brick as he leads us forward to ensure that we have a Scouting program that is building tomorrow’s leaders today.

I thank all of you for your contributions and support of Scouting here in the Heart of America Council.


Zachary H. Shafran

Council President

Heart of America Council, BSA

New Youth Protection

Below you will find information about the new Youth Protection Training. All registered leaders must complete this new training by October 1, 2018. 

Here are the highlights:

  • There are three modules and a test module in this new training. It will take just over an hour to complete.
  • You can not leave a module in the middle and pick up where you left off. You must complete a module once you start it or you will have to start the module over.

Continue reading “New Youth Protection”

Why am I here?

“I’m not a Tiger Leader, why are these people bothering me?”

Question-mark-faceThe simple answer: You’re a Scouter in the Shawnee Trails District of the Heart of America Council.

We are working to communicate with all Scouters in the District more frequently, on your terms, to provide better resources and opportunities for you to improve and grow Scouting in Kansas City.

Continue reading “Why am I here?”

Starting your Den

Here’s something which may be of help for the new leader:

Top 10  – “Things to get done”

  1. Get contact information for Cub Master, Chair, Chartered Organization Representative (The person who talks to the Pastor or Chairman of the PTA), and every family in your den.
  2. Get the Pack’s calendar from the Cub Master or Chair. Bring it to the parents’ meeting.
  3. Tell everyone you meet in Scouting that you need a Den Chief until an older boy volunteers to help you.
  4. Have a parents’ meeting.  Decide how often, when, where you’ll meet (anyplace it’s safe).
  5. Place meeting ideas on the schedule until it’s full, align with the pack meetings.
  6. The Den Leader presents the program at each meeting, assisted by everyone.
  7. Each scouts parent chooses meetings from the schedule in rotation until done.  Save two meetings for reserve.
  8. The boys will always be busy, bring something fun for them to do while waiting for the meeting to start.
  9. Communicate everything to everyone, all the time.  Use online tools, whatever is necessary.
  10. Your first meeting should be ACTIVE!  One suggestion is to take the den through the Bobcat badge requirements in the form of a sing-a-long. Keep them moving, add a fun activity and a reward for earning that Bobcat. Make a big deal at the next Pack meeting to recognize your new Bobcats.

By Mark Ford (Tiger Leader Mentor 2014-2016)